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Amber Kay Otero, 31, of Carlsbad, was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Las Cruces to two years of probation for her conviction on a misdemeanor charge of unlawfully possessing a controlled substance.

Otero also was ordered to perform 80 hours of community service and to pay a $1,000 fine.

Otero was arrested Sept. 23, 2016, following an investigation initiated after the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) received a report of theft or loss of controlled substances from Southwest Pharmacy, 2402 W. Pierce St. in Carlsbad. According to the criminal complaint, Otero was employed as a pharmacy technician at Southwest Pharmacy and allegedly stole approximately 20,344 oxycodone tablets of various strengths.

On Dec. 20, 2016, Otero pleaded guilty to charges of unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

The case was investigated by the DEA’s Tactical Diversion Squad in El Paso, Texas, and the Pecos Valley Drug Task Force.